Aims and objectives
Personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE) enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In doing so, we help develop their sense of self worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy in school through the school council. We teach them about rights and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.
The aims of PSHCE are to enable the children to:
• know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle;
• be aware of safety issues;
• understand what makes for good relationships with others;
• have respect for others;
• be independent and responsible members of the school community;
• be positive and active members of a democratic society;
• develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues;
• develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community.
Teaching and learning style
We use a range of teaching and learning styles, such as visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning, incorporating the basic skills of reading, writing and ICT where appropriate. We place an emphasis on active learning by including the children in discussions, investigations and problem-solving activities. We encourage the children to take part in a range of practical activities that promote active citizenship, e.g. charity fundraising, or involvement in an activity to help other individuals or groups less fortunate than themselves ( for example The Salvation Army, Comic Relief ). We organise classes in such a way that pupils are able to participate in discussion to resolve conflicts or set agreed classroom rules of behaviour.
PSHCE curriculum planning
We teach PSHCE in a variety of ways. For 3 weeks of every half term we teach SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning), then for the following 3 weeks we teach other topics eg. Drug Education, SRE. PSHCE is timetabled in every class. Teachers also use circle time to help deliver some aspects of PSHCE.